We're on to Part 2 in my series of posts on creating the perfect wedding photo-wise. If you missed post one about incorporating your personalities into your wedding day, click here for a recap. Tip 2: TIME.
Now, when I say "time," I'm referring to two parts: the time of day you choose for your wedding ceremony and photos and being sure you add time to actually take the photos in your busy day. Let's break that down.
TIME OF DAY: When you are in the midst of planning and it comes time to choose the time of the actual ceremony, be sure to take care account what time the sun sets; especially if you want outdoor photos (which almost 100% of our brides do). I always love when a bride contacts me before they make that big decision so I can help them create a mock timeline of what their wedding day might look like with certain ceremony times. This is HUGE for brides. The timeline not only maps out your day, it also helps everyone (wedding party and family members) know where and when they need to be somewhere and helps choose a good time to schedule your hair and makeup appointments. Most photographers can help you when it comes to creating a timeline. The best part is, the timeline actually helps us tremendously too because it gives us a chance to add in the amount of time we need to photograph each group (bridesmaids, groomsmen, family shots, etc.) and pretty much lets us pick the time of day we take the outside photos giving us beautiful, natural lighting to work with which creates gorgeous, cheerful photos.
Kristal and Ben knew they wanted photos at sunset on the Nashville Pedestrian Bridge. In order to work it into their day time-wise, they did a first look before the wedding and took all their photos beforehand leaving them 20 minutes for photos as Mr. and Mrs. before heading to the reception.Don't fret if you have already picked your ceremony time and haven't talked to your photographer yet. Remember, this is just my idea of what a perfect wedding would look like to me as a photographer. We photograph many weddings and wedding parties in bright, afternoon sun and the photos are still beautiful.
SCHEDULING TIME FOR PHOTOS: The second half to the "time" tip is managing and making time for your photographers to actually take the photos. Wedding days can be hectic, especially if you aren't careful with your time management. You can end up feeling rushed or unprepared which is a hard thing to overcome. This is why we help you with the timeline and why it is so important, after investing so much into your wedding and photos, that you arrive when the photographer suggests. (An added tip...hair appointments ALWAYS take longer than you expect, so be sure to add some extra time in there for that). Another reason we love to have the time we need for photos is so we can fully capitalize on the amazing venue you choose. Wedding venues are all so different and unique these days, and as artists, we love incorporating and showing off the details and beauty of the locations you chose. Allotting time for each group to walk to a few different spots at the venue can make a huge difference in being able to relive the look and feel of the day through your photos.
Alyssa had a big wedding party with friends from many different states. She made sure she was right on time (and even early) with everything throughout the day and was able to relax and enjoy being with all her friends (which allowed us to get a lot of fun of photos of them together having a blast!).
We were also able to do a mini bridal session with the extra time we had.
Carly and Todd's wedding was in Charleston, SC on the beach before sunset. Will was able to grab this cool shot shadowy photo of the guys from a hotel room just before the ceremony.
They took a few minutes away from the reception after dinner to head down into the Harbor for a few photos right as the sun was setting.
Courtney and Grant's wedding was super laid back. So, we were able to wait until after the wedding to take their photos as Bride and Groom in the beautiful evening sunlight.
SIDE NOTE: Remember this is just a tip -- an addition to My Idea of a Perfect Wedding as a Photographer. If it doesn't work out that you can have your photos around the sun set, don't worry one bit! You will still have adorable and beautiful photos. Take Amanda and Reece for example. :)